Apache Gold is a rip-roaring tale of adventure set on the Arizona frontiers of the American Old West.
An abiding classic of western literature, our hero in this tale is Charles Wayne, a young but strong and sharp lad who seeks adventure in the southwesterly desert frontier of Arizona. His quest is fulfilled and then some: the hostile and arid environment, and the threat of ambush or robbery, are constant hindrances that require immense grit to surmount. Fortunately, Charles finds a true friend with whom he attempts to combat the adversities of wilderness.
Altsheler describes the vast open frontier evocatively, placing the reader in a time when equal measures of freedom and danger were abundant. Throughout Mr. Wayne's traversals, we're reminded of how difficult it was to survive - let alone thrive - in the Old West. The beauty of the unforgiving land forms a vibrant backdrop to the scrapes and challenges our heroes must face.
Joseph A. Altsheler was a prolific writer, authoring a total of over fifty novels as well as numerous short stories. Most of his writing was aimed at children, with the setting most commonly being the Wild West. After a period of hardship when he and his family were in Europe during World War One, the author health began to fail - perishing in 1919 at age 57, Altsheler's final works were inspired by the adversity he faced during the Great War.